Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family.
Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who think her snobby and stuck-up. But Opal idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory's beautiful, dignified owner, who introduces Opal to the legendary Mrs Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. And when Opal meets Morgan - Mrs Roberts' handsome son, and the heir to Fairy Glen - she believes she has found her soulmate. But the First World War is about to begin, and will change Opal's life forever.
This is the brilliantly gripping new story from the bestselling, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson. All fans of Jacqueline Wilson books must read this!
I was amazed by this book and I think that it is Jacqueline Wilson's best book yet, and I have read most of them! This is her 100th book and will definitely have pride of place on my bookshelf. I particularly liked how she weaved in sensitive topics such as death, poverty, child labour etc. into a teenagers book. I would recommend this to 11-16 year olds and fans of a mystery genre, because you have to piece together the ending. I rate this wonder of literature 5/5 stars.
Alannah Graham, 06/10/2014
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